Cop cars crash on way to call

| 08/11/2019 | 47 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Two police cars travelling in the same direction en route to an incident managed to crash into each other Thursday afternoon. The two marked vehicles were driving east on Shamrock Road when they collided close to Agricola Drive at around 4pm, the RCIPS said in a release. One of the drivers sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital and later discharged; the other officer was uninjured.

Police have not yet said what caused the smash but the matter is now under investigation.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was witness to a low speed near collision where a marked police car driven by a Sargent pulled in front of a Jeep on the small roundabout on Shedden Rd. near Fosters. He forced the Jeep driver to brake sharply then proceeded to drive round the roundabout and stop the Jeep driver. When I slowed down and pointed out his mistake he called out that the the law states give way to traffic on the roundabout, however he totally missed the part where it states “coming from the right”.
    Even the police Sargents in the traffic department don’t know the basic rules of driving. Idiots!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I was a Police Officer with RCIPS and I can assure you we all had to go through a 3 month training course. Actually, it was the first Police Training course on home ground. We were trained by an excellent Superintendent brought in from the U.K. plus an equally good Inspector from Cayman. We studied the laws of this island, together with firearms training and had exams to prove we were competent in all areas. A few trainees (Caymanians)
    Could not cope with this training and resigned. Some officers, including myself, were tested by a driving instructor to obtain the Force driving licence prior to getting behind the wheel of any Force vehicle. So, please don’t think that officers are not trained to a competent level. What happens as time goes on can happen in any place of work. Accidents happen everywhere and we are only human (apart from the idiot boy racers on these roads daily). When you are rushing to an emergency situation, the adrenaline is flowing and we are all hyped up not knowing what we are going into. So it is so easy to criticise RCIPS. Think how often they have accidents like this……extremely rare! And think how many stupid unnecessary accidents the general public have DAILY on the road…….I rest my case.

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  3. Dan says:

    Police need go to UK and take Advanced police driving lesson where they teach how to drive high speed chase. I did took the course without high speed chase training part. It teach a lot more of driving than ordinary driving lesson.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Here is a tip for the police. Lights and sirens do not make you immune to accidents. You retain the responsibility of driving safely and respecting other road users. Sirens are omni-directional, meaning that it is not always easy for other road users to determine direction immediately. In your vehicle you hear a constant hi-lo tone while moving, others have the doppler effect to deal with. Truth be told sirens are only effective for a short range. Driving at 70mph for a distance of ten miles vs driving at 50mph results in a savings of a couple of minutes. Risk mitigation analysis will usually result in driving at the lower speed in traffic. Saving lives should not mean endangering innocent lives. The very basic rules of two seconds between vehicles in dry conditions should always be followed no matter what the circumstances. It is pretty basic stuff really.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s a tip for armchair critics. Police are trained in the use of lights and sirens. Each sound projects in a different way. Wail projects distance forward for example, Yelp and Squawk are for built up areas, junctions and to mix up the sound, particularly when multiple units are together.

      Police are also taught that getting to the report in one piece is the priority.

      This accident was unfortunate, but being human, these things happen. Just be happy that nobody was seriously injured.

      As a side note, you have to experience being in an emergency response vehicle to truly appreciate the varying responses of other road users. From blind panic to utter ignorance. It’s mind boggling.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You are not very smart are you? Sound waves vary in amplitude and frequency, reflectivity will be dependant on absorbency, but I can assure you sound waves projected from a police siren will not be unidirectional. Using ‘these thing happen’ is very weak indeed. It was between two POLICE cars in case you missed that somewhat vital piece of information. Yes it is very fortunate no one was seriously injured. I would ordinarily agree with your point on training, but it is very obvious in Cayman that the police are very poorly disciplined. As a matter of fact just today one uniformed officer stepped off the curb to respond to someone calling him from the other side of the road. His face firmly glued to his phone! Fortunately, I was able to brake in time.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Thank you for your assurances on that matter. I was merely trying to inform the average reader of how these things work. Obviously you’re some kind of soundwave expert, and I’m honored and humbled you took time out of your day to reply.

          As someone who seems to have never made an error in any sphere of their life, I’m guessing you’re actually a poor commentator on such matters, as you cannot understand the struggles of mere mortals.

          Thanks for pointing out it was two POLICE cars, yet you’re missing the point my perfect friend. If it had been just one POLICE vehicle, the response would have been the same. Any crash involving a POLICE vehicle would be subject to the same scrutiny. It is pretty basic stuff really.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeh….I witness both police cars speeding about 70 mph on shamrock rd with flashing lights and with no ciren, traveling very close to each other, no wonder they crash.
    I even said what a bunch of idiots driving at that speed so close. Our police force don’t want smart cops they just want numbers to say they have police patrolling our streets.

    The (robo cop) is the worse muscles and sit for brains.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I thought the Police were trying to teach us how to drive safely and avoid accidents-

    Who really are the bad drivers on the roads?

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    • Anonymous says:

      No, they advise. You should be competent yourself. If you’re not, that’s when they can ticket/ clear up your mess when you crash.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Check out that fool in town dancing and directing traffic. A real fool!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      You must be so fun to have at parties

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    • Anon says:

      1.04pm The cruiseship passengers love him and he certainly speeds up the traffic. Keep your foolish comments to yourself.

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      • Anonymous says:

        My comment not as foolish as he look.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, tourists like attractions, unfortunately he is paid to be a policeman, not a dancing clown.

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        • BeaumontZodecloun says:

          He gets the job done, and leaves a smile on most people’s faces. As said by others, many visitors enjoy it. I have seen some taking video. It’s a good thing.

          For many of us locals, it seems like drivers pay attention to his direction, because he knows what he is doing.

  8. KaymanKeystones says:

    No big surprise when every cop in the area responds in great haste to a call. Yes we have those Keystone kind of coppers in Cayman but they all have their own vehicle.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Nice.

      Poster 1: cops response time is slow lol
      Poster 2: cops respond too fast lol

      Can you people decide what it is?

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  9. Anonymous says:

    uh-oh spaghettios….
    the police farce strike again

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  10. Anonymous says:

    i heard they were chasing swiper the fox….

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  11. Anonymous says:

    The cops have no idea how to drive. They fly through traffic thinking they are race car drivers and cant even handle a Ford Taurus. Surprised they don’t cause more accidents tbh

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yet neither vehicle was a Ford Taurus. In fact they don’t even drive Taurus’, they’re police specific models called Interceptor sedan.

      You’re ability to ‘handle’ a fast car with such superiority stems from what exactly? Unless you’re Lewis Hamilton, pipe down.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Breathalyzer?!?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    and caused major traffic jams. was it necessary to have police helicopter, 2 motorbikes 4 or 5 SUV’s, police cars? what a waste of our money. Everyday feels more and more like the Wild West. We will soon have more police than ordinary citizens.

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  14. Road safety? says:

    Having worked in the RCIP i can say that the high risk drivers for the most accidents are 1 Gabage collector, 2.emegency service personnel and 3. Public Transport personnel, taxis and bus drivers. One of the main reasons. They are all commercial drivers. Their occupation requires them to always be driving. 1. Other factors include the driving test is too easy to pass. Previously before you could drive a police vehicle you had to do a seperate two week driving course to drive a police or ambulance vehicle with a qualified and certified driving instructor. Then you was given your Force drivng license. Not all police passed especially from other jurisdictions. This reduce red mist which is clearly what happened to the two police vehicles involved here. 2. In addition anyone today can be a driving instructor.
    3. All vehicle imported into the CI today should meet the new US vehicle standard. They should all be required to have back up cameras because 50% of accidents happen in parking lots. Three examples of how DVDL is failing the Cayman Islands. We need fresh leadership there if you want road safety to improve.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Making excuses for poor driving??

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    • Hafoo says:

      We are a British Colony, so why american standards?

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    • Anonymous says:

      What about “defensive driving courses”? Isnt this a requirement? This should be a requirement for ALL emergency response drivers before they are allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle. This is a critical part of safe response. The way I see some of the police officers, driving when responding to a call, I am surprised (and happy-Thank God) that we don’t have more accidents involving some of these police vehicles and officers.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Even wearing a uniform, they still drive like jamaicans….

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  16. Anonymous says:

    You can’t make this stuff up!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      you can in this caymankind wonderland…

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      • Anonymous says:

        Where else can you walk into another person’s country as a gas pump attendant and become a police officer…

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        • Anonymous says:

          Or a window washer and become sergeant?😀😀

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        • Anon says:

          2.24pm It seems Caymanians find it extremely difficult to qualify for either job.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Errr you don’t always need formal qualifications. There are entrance exams. If you’re a gas attendant and you pass all the requirements, why not?

          I’d imagine dealing with snobs like yourself on a daily basis would prepare them well.

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        • BeaumontZodecloun says:

          Ah. I see. You’d rather everyone complacently know their place and not try to better themselves. Gotcha.

          I have more respect for anyone who does their job well, regardless of what that job is, than someone who looks down on a person working hard and trying to make their way.

  17. Anon says:

    I’m sure we will all eagerly await the result of this investigation. No comment on the damage to the police cars, but if they were marked before the collision they are certainly more distinctly marked now..

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Who is investigating? Larry, Curley and Moe?

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  19. Anonymous says:

    You couldn’t make this stuff up!

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Crash all you want RCIPS, Government will just buy more! No accountability!!

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